Erika Jayne’s Lawyer Husband Sued Over Claims He Swindled Clients Out of $130 Million

31 Mar

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne’s top Los Angeles lawyer husband may soon be defending…himself.
Thomas Girardi, 76, along with fellow lawyer Robert Finnerty and the law firm Girardi-Keese have been slapped with a federal lawsuit. Girardi is a founding partner of the firm.
In court documents obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Online Tom is accused of defrauding clients out of millions of dollars won in a class action lawsuit.
It claims Girardi used the $130 million he won for them on an escrow payment, his divorce attorney and his partners.
A man named Paul Kranich filed the lawsuit in California to get Girardi to pay up the money Kranich claims he illegally stole.
In the lawsuit, Kranich alleges it is a case of: ‘conspiracy, criminal fraud, theft and breach of trust in which Thomas V. Girardi, Girardi-Keese, a well-known plaintiff’s law firm (‘Girardi’), and other attorneys and employees of Girardi-Keese participated in and aided and abetted a scheme to defraud their clients by charging excessive fees and costs and fraudulently converting settlement proceeds to which Plaintiff and other clients.’ 

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LuAnn de Lesseps Dishes on All the Details on Her New Year’s Eve Wedding

31 Mar

The Countess is getting hitched!

Less than a month has passed since her businessman fiancé, Tom D’Agostino popped the question, but de Lesseps is already planning all the details for her walk down the aisle.

“I plan to make it a weekend to remember, with a cocktail party on a private yacht kicking it off,” she tells PEOPLE of the Palm Beach, Florida, destination wedding set for New Year’s Eve (which also happens to be D’Agostino’s 50th birthday).

This is the second wedding for the Real Housewives of New York City star, 49. She eloped in 1993 and wed French count Alexandre de Lesseps (they divorced in 2009), so this time around she plans to make it a traditional affair presided over by a Catholic priest.  

And there will be plenty of extras for her 200 guests – the couple is hosting a big brunch for everyone on New Year’s Day and hints she’s inviting some “special friends” to add to the festivities.

“We are so happy, and I’m grateful to have found a love and a soulmate the second time around,” she says. “Tom is a great catch.”

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Kim Richards To Be A Grandmother, Daughter Brooke Wiederhorn Expecting Baby

30 Mar

Getting ready to be grandma! Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards has some exciting family news to celebrate: Her daughter Brooke Wiederhorn is expecting a baby. 

The reality star’s daughter made the happy announcement on Sunday, March 27, when she shared an Instagram picture of an Easter basket filled with baby toys, and explained all in her caption.

“Happy Easter,” she wrote. “Can’t wait to meet our baby BOY!” 

The happy family news comes as Richards continues to strengthen ties with her sisters, Kyle Richards and Kathy Hilton, with all three of them heading to Palm Springs, California, for the weekend to celebrate the Easter holiday.

Talking about how she and sister Kyle had made amends earlier this month on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Kim admitted she’d had to move past some of the pain the relationship has previously caused her.  

“It was hard. It was very difficult,” Kim, 51, told the WWHL host. “For myself, I have to take the hurt — the hurt won’t ever really go away. But there’s certain things that she had done toward me that I personally have to — things that happened between us, that I have to put aside if I want to move forward.”

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Former Intern Claims Sonja Morgan Is A Terrible Boss

30 Mar

“Real Housewife” star Sonja Morgan is the boss from hell says a former intern.

Rachel McMahon who worked for the reality star for three years says the socialite was a nightmare to work for reports Rob Shuter of naughtygossip. McMahon says that she toiled for Morgan for three years and has quit more than once.

“She reduced me to tears on more than one occasion, has been incredibly rude, selfish and insensitive – and I stayed quiet,” claims McMahon in an online essay. “She has bullied those who have been incredibly supportive to her, screaming, yelling. And she lies. She lied about me and revealed a very private element of my life on TV for no reason at all.

The 30-year-old former intern denies that she’s hungry for fame.

“I’ve seen ‘fame’ up close,” she wrote. “I don’t want a shred of it. It’s not real, it’s generally pointless and it commands a great deal of hypocrisy.

“No story. She’s a nut,” responded the 52-year-old “Housewife” when informed of the allegations. “She’s looking for attention.”

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Jacqueline Laurita Will Be Fired From ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ If She Refuses to Film Finale After Bitter Fight

29 Mar

Jacqueline Laurita will be fired from the Real Housewives of New Jersey if she fails to appear at Melissa Gorga‘s fashion show in New Jersey on Wednesday night, which is being billed as an all-cast event, requiring all of the reality stars to appear. 

After almost getting into a physical fight with costar, Robyn Levy, during the cast trip to Vermont several weeks ago, and getting into a bitter dispute with Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice, a production source tells In Touch, “Jacqueline thinks she can just call the shots regarding fulfilling filming requirements. Melissa’s fashion show will be the grand finale event for the upcoming season of RHONJ and all of the ladies will be there. Since the fallout of the trip to Vermont, Jacqueline has bailed on filming with Robyn, Teresa and Melissa.”

“Bravo obviously wants and needs Jacqueline to be there on Wednesday night because it will be the first time everyone will be together since the trip to Vermont. By not showing up, Jacqueline will jeopardize not having those moments on camera. Viewers will definitely want to see the aftermath and how Jacqueline handles herself,” the source told In Touch Weekly

The cast trip to Vermont was indeed “explosive, and viewers are going to be stunned at what went down. It wasn’t as shocking as Teresa infamously flipping the table, but ranks up there as very, very memorable. The season started out rather slow and boring, but really picked up towards the end,” the source added.

The fashion show is being held at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne, N.J. on March 30 at 6:00 pm. The event is open to the public, but requires a ticket purchase with prices ranging from $90 to $395. Proceeds of the benefit will Deborah Hospital Foundation. 

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Gizelle Bryant Thinks Katie Rost Wants To ‘Dip In Her Lady Pond’

29 Mar

The Real Housewives of Potomac star Gizelle Bryant was close friends with Katie Rost, but it sounds like the two are not exactly on good terms while filming the show. Gizelle keeps thinking that Katie wants her — or wants to be her — and Rost keeps thinking that her Real Housewives co-star is rude and arrogant. Obviously, these two could not be any more different. According to a new Bravo report, the Real Housewives of Potomac star Gizelle Bryant is now revealing that she thinks that her co-stars are crazy. It all started when Ashley Darby’s husband decided to grab Katie’s man’s behind during a party, which aired on last night’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Potomac.

“I never in a MILLION years thought I would be able to utter the words in my head, ‘Michael is Charmin toilet paper SQUEEZING Andrew’s butt on the dance floor.’ I said to myself, ‘Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing’… ‘No, say it ain’t so’… ‘Golly gee wilikers’… ‘Now ain’t this some nonsense,’ ” Gizelle reveals about her Real Housewives co-stars, sharing that she was shocked to see Michael grab Andrew’s behind.

Of course, Michael has shown his crazy side on The Real Housewives Of Potomac. Not only did he try to take his pants off during the yacht party, but he also showed up during the girls weekend and caused quite the controversy. He is clearly not a favorite amongst the Real Housewives ladies, but Gizelle was shocked to see what she saw on Sunday’s Real Housewives episode.

“Typically when I tell one of my girlfriends that her husband is on the dance floor squeezing men’s butts (not that this has EVER happened before) the reaction is a little bit different. More along the lines of, “OH HEEELLLLL NO,” there is a whole lot of hands flaring, neck rolling, fingers pointing while still screaming “OH HEEEELLLL NOOOOOOO.” I NEVER thought that Ashley’s immediate response would be, “Oh, he was just joking.” I just really, really, really wanted Ashley to understand that NO ONE was laughing,” Bryant revealed about Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac.

It is one thing for Andrew to get his butt grabbed, but Gizelle seems to think that something is going on with her Real Housewives co-star Katie. It is no secret that Rost has expressed an interest in ladies and she may see herself as a bisexual. But Bryant does think that her Real Housewives co-star wants to get in her pants.

“I never asked Ashley and Katie if Michael squeezing Andrew’s butt was a ‘white thing’… that was Robyn’s question. However, Katie of course asks herself if Gizelle is obsessed with race because she’s obsessed with ME. Every other word out of Katie’s mouth is Gizelle. Gizelle, Gizelle, Gizelle..I’m starting to think that not only is she obsessed with me, but Katie REALLY wants to take a big dip into MY lady pond. HA!” Bryant revealed to Bravo.

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Porsha Williams Blindsided by Beatdown Video on Pal Jami Ziegler at ‘RHOA’ Reunion

28 Mar

Real Housewives of Atlanta‘ producers let a giant skeleton out of Porsha Williams‘ closet at the final reunion show taping … raw footage of her dark alley assault on pal Jami Ziegler.

We broke the story … Porsha allegedly attacked Jami at a party in December while being filmed … all because she didn’t like the person Jami brought as her plus one.

Producers told the ladies the cameras didn’t capture the fight … since Jami ran out of the house and down a dark alley where the beatdown occurred … but turns out it wasn’t true. 

Our sources say the whole thing was captured on a camera  … notably Porsha throwing some pretty mean punches, and the footage will air in April. 

We’re told several women on the show want her kicked off since it was her third fight with castmates … Cynthia, Kenya and now Jami, if you’re keeping score.

Porsha knows how to keep the paychecks coming.

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Cynthia Bailey’s Husband Peter Thomas ‘Bowing Out’ of ‘RHOA’ Amid Marriage Separation Rumors

27 Mar

Peter Thomas, the husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey, says he will no longer appear on the show because it’s bad for his marriage.

“Those shows are created to destroy marriage, not to empower marriage… so I’m choosing to bow out,” Thomas told the blog Straight From the A. “That’s my choice. This season was so beautiful to me the way it ended…. and I don’t want to f*ck that up.”

Peter’s decision comes days after Cynthia said publicly of her marriage, “I don’t know what’s gonna happen.” But Peter also told Straight From the A that he has not cheated on the former model.

“Since I’ve been married to my wife, I haven’t cheated on my wife with anyone. I happen to be old fashioned and actually am in love with my wife,” he said.

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Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel Call ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Season 8 a ‘Roller Coaster Of Crazy’

27 Mar

With a year under her belt, Bethenny Frankel is more than ready for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York. With the season currently in production, Frankel and co-star Carole Radziwill assured fans that they were in for a “roller coaster of crazy” when the hit reality series returns to television in April. With that in mind, what does the 8th season of RHONY have in store for viewers?

According to Radar Online, Radziwill recently teased fans by hinting that the season will feature more than one twist by the time things are over. Considering all the drama that went down last season, which marked Frankel’s first since her departure in season 3, there’s no telling what will unfold in the coming year.

“But get ready for an emotional roller coaster of crazy like you’ve not seen before,” Radziwill stated. “Where things start in Episode 1 is most definitely not where they will end by the reunion.”

Fortunately, the first trailer for new season shed some light on the coming drama. According to PEOPLE, the new season of The Real Housewives of New York will see the return of Frankel, Radziwill, Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer. The series is also set to introduce newbie, Julianne “Jules” Wainstein, who was also featured for the first time in the trailer.

Apart from the normal drama that is expected to unfold between the ladies, the trailer revealed that Frankel is fighting a mysterious health issue. Unfortunately, Frankel has yet to discuss the true nature behind her health scare and just how serious it is.

In addition to her medical issues, Frankel will also be dealing with all the drama from her co-stars. In fact, the reality star recently took to Twitter and promised fans that the drama reaches new heights this season.
“Good Lord, buckle up for April 6: and make sure u have an air sick bag cuz there’s gonna be turbulence #RHONY,” she wrote.

To add to Frankel’s comments, Morgan recently sat down with Radar Online and dished on what becomes of her complicated relationship with Frankel. For starters, Morgan shared how their emotions often stand in the way and prevent them from fully resolving their issues.

“The problem is we are both very sensitive,” Morgan told the outlet. “So we both get hurt. You will have to see where it takes us this season.”

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Teresa Giudice’s Husband Joe Assigned Prison Release Date

26 Mar

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has now listed a projected release date for Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice on the inmate-locator section of its website: March 14, 2019.

Giuidice, the husband of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, reported to Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution on Wednesday to begin serving a 41 month sentence. That projected release date is about five months short of 41 months.

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Brooks Ayers Speaks Out on Forging Cancer Records, Vicki Gunvalson and RHOC Controversy: ‘I Was the Subject of Much Ridicule and Hate’

26 Mar

Brooks Ayers is opening up after admitting in November he forged medical records relating to his cancer diagnosis.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Ayers details how the public scrutiny that came with appearing on four seasons of Real Housewives of Orange County alongside ex Vicki Gunvalson made him “the subject of much ridicule and hate,” and ultimately contributed to the end of his relationship with Gunvalson.

“I have made my share of mistakes which I regret. I pride myself in apologizing when I am wrong or have wronged others either intentionally or unintentionally,” Ayers says in the statement. “Through the first five years of dating Vicki, I was coined as a con man, low life, gold digger, dead beat, etc.  Nothing could be further from the truth in reality, yet this alone makes for great TV and for controversy.”

In November, Ayers admitted he had forged documents to make it appear he had been a patient at cancer hospital City of Hope. At the time, he apologized and said he faked the documents because he did not want to disclose his real medical records. The revelation came after his cancer diagnosis had been called into question by some of Gunvalson’s RHOC costars, with the diagnosis becoming major storyline on the show. Ayers maintains he was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013. 

In his statement to PEOPLE, Ayers denies speculation that Gunvalson encouraged him to forge the cancer documents or sought to use his illness as a storyline on RHOC. Ayers says when he received a cancer diagnosis in 2013, he attempted to keep it a secret. He told Gunvalson but asked her not to share the news publicly.

“However, Vicki felt compelled to share a private email later that night with Tamra Judge and Lauri Peterson along with a text to Shannon Beador asking for all of their support during this time rather than conflict. I was not okay with that at all when I found out about it, however the information about my diagnosis was out,” says Ayers.  

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Brandi Glanville Accuses Lisa Rinna of Wearing a Wig

25 Mar

In last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville returned with a vengeance, and called out costar Lisa Rinna.

Lisa previously claimed Yolanda Foster’s lyme disease diagnosis was munchausen syndrome — a mental disorder in which a person acts as though he or she is physically or mentally ill.

“Well, I think that wig glue is going to her brain and she needs to check herself,” Brandi, 43, told her friend Yolanda, coming to her defense.

When Gigi Hadid’s mom appeared surprised, Brandi continued, “One wig and one style. I’m not lying! She wears wigs!”

Brandi did not stop there!

She told cameras, “What the f–k is wrong with her? Dear Lisa Rinna, get a f–king life, eat some food and stop talking about my friends.”

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Cynthia Bailey Reveals Her Marriage to Peter Thomas Might ‘Not Keep Going’

25 Mar

Cynthia Bailey’s marriage to Peter Thomas may have survived this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the reality star says she’s not sure if it will last much longer.
“Only God knows what’s going to happen with that,” Cynthia candidly tells ETonline. “There’s a point where, if it’s working, we’ll keep going. And if it’s not, then we might not keep going.” 
Cynthia and Peter put all their issues out there in season eight, confronting cheating rumors, communication issues and living separate lives, all on camera. One memorably tense scene ended with Peter asking Cynthia, “I just want to know, when did you stop loving me?” 
“I wasn’t prepared for that question, ’cause I didn’t know the answer,” Cynthia says. “You know, I just went into it to break up.”
“[The relationship] just felt like so much work, like from the beginning,” Cynthia adds. “Even the wedding, everything was work … it’s exhausting. It’s exhausting in real life, and it’s definitely exhausting to watch it play out on TV.”
“I’m a lover of love,” Cynthia continues. “You know, I am the woman that will leave New York City and relocate with her child and nanny to Atlanta for love, OK? So, with that said, I think I get to be that same girl who can say, ‘You know, I think it’s time for me to pack up my tent — my love tent — and move somewhere else now.'”
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Kim Richards Says Alcohol Issues Started During Her Second Divorce

24 Mar

Kim Richards‘ longtime struggle with alcoholism has made national headlines in recent years, most recently following an arrest for public intoxication last April, but the reality star’s issues with alcohol didn’t start until she was in her mid-20s.

“I had my first real drink at 24,” Richards tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. The former child actress, who now stars on Lifetime’s The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition, says prior to that she had “sips every now and then,” but the problem only developed during the painful end of her second marriage.

Until her split from second husband Gregg Davis in 1991 (they have two children: Whitney, 26, and Chad 24; Richards also has Brooke, 30, and Kimberly, 20, from other relationships), “I was always disciplined and driven about my body and what I put into it,” says Richards, 51. “But the pressure with the divorce and the custody battle, it got to me.”

Richards says she began drinking a glass of wine at night, which soon escalated into more. “I started noticing I was drinking a lot,” she says. “That’s when my issue started.”  

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